Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

IBM did really, really, really well

IBM reported its latest profit numbers last night, and they were good. The company accredits its success to software sales and Internet security services. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Science, Wall Street

Washington will help clean tech boom

Clean energy initiatives are still attracting investors, but oil is no longer in the driver's seat as prices remain low. Sam Eaton reports why policymakers are important for the clean tech industry now.

Medicare a top issue in Obama budget

President Obama wants to tackle Medicare in his first budget, a program he calls "unsustainable." The issue is a tough sell politically, but could be easier if rising health care costs are managed. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

U.K. considers nationalizing banks

A leading British lawmaker is suggesting the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyd's banking group go into complete public ownership. Stephen Beard reports why bank nationalization might be a risk, but a good one.

Geithner faces questions on taxes

U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner is appearing before a Senate committee to answer questions about his own tax life. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports how he could have avoided self-employment taxes for so long.

Income-tax relief could help business

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will ask for some mercy for businesses today in the form of income-tax relief. This would help businesses get out of their debt and spend again. Mitchell Hartman explains how it works.

Smaller stimulus for a unified Congress

President Obama's stimulus package may be too much debt for the comfort of some in Congress. Commentator Robert Reich says he can choose that route, or go for less money and more congressional support.

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